Homemade Lemonade with Mint & Ginger

This is a gorgeously refreshing drink for a summer’s day – the hint of ginger really gives it a bit of zip and zing. Serve with plenty of ice.
3 lemons
1 small handful of fresh mint
1 tbsp fresh ginger
120g sugar
1l of sparkling water
Ice, to serve

Makes about 6 glasses

To start, you need to make a concentrated syrup, which you’ll mix with sparkling water a bit later on. Zest one of the lemons, and then juice it and one other, so that you have one whole lemon left for later. Finely chop the fresh mint and the ginger and mix with the lemon juice in a jug, then add the sugar and about 100ml hot water. Stir vigorously until the sugar has dissolved, using the back of the spoon to crush the mint and ginger against the side of the jug, to release the flavours. Once the sugar has completely dissolved, set the syrup aside for about an hour – don’t put it in the fridge, just cover it and leave it on the side.

When you’re ready to mix the syrup with the sparkling water, carefully strain it through a fine sieve – by now the flavours of the mint and ginger should have spread through the lemon mixture. Mix with about a litre of sparkling water, add plenty of ice, and decorate with the third lemon, thinly sliced, and a few fresh mint leaves.